Introduction to Documentary and film making workshop report
Report by Phakiso Mokoena
A workshop facilitated by Newcastle Creative Network in collaboration with award winning e News camera man Thuthuka Zondi took place on the 17th and 18th of November. The workshop which focused on the basics of camera work and documentary making was aimed to impart knowledge and firsthand experience on the on goings of the Television industry from a reputed industry professional.
With the help of the Durban film office the workshop attendees received an introduction to documentary film making, a handbook guide which highlights key concepts to the medium. Call Sheet, a film production equipment news letter from Cape Town was also handed out to the attendees. A total of 17 people attended the workshop. The workshop was interactive in its nature the attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions which mattered most to them about the film industry and they generally showed interest in the medium.
”From a not so clued up perspective before the workshop, I would not have guessed how intricate and demanding the film industry is, when one watches a television broadcast one assumes that it is all glitter and glam when in actual fact the actual work behind is all hard work and involves a lot of long hours and sacrifice, I am grateful for Mr Zondi’s time and the Workshop in its entirety, never before have I seen an initiative of the sort in this township. I am also grateful for the opportunity to be part of this. Newcastle Creative Network rocks’’ Sphamandla Mdakane
‘’I would like to see more of this happen; this is a great opportunity to learn and grow without leaving the borders of Newcastle. I think the Newcastle Creative Network and Thuthuka are really pushing the envelope and paving a way for a Television industry based in Newcastle. More so I think Newcastle creative Network should open a school for us artists to attend. Thembi Thusi
The workshop which took place at the Amajuba Education Centre in Madadeni lasted 6 hours, 3 hours for Saturday and Sunday respectfully, it served as a prototype for future art workshops to be organized by the Newcastle Creative Network involving various industry professionals in ranging art mediums during the course of 2013 and beyond.